Cloud-based gaming service OnLive has yet to launch, but the new venture is wasting no time in striking partnerships that aim to show it’s the real deal.
The company announced Tuesday during E3 week that it is partnering with AT&T, which will support a free year of OnLive for founding subscribers. OnLive launches on June 17 for qualified pre-registered PC and Mac users, as the service begins its measured ramp-up.
The limited-time AT&T deal includes the free initial year and an optional second year at $4.95 per month. The AT&T “Founding Member Program” will accept signups
from 3 p.m. EDT on June 15 through 3 p.m. EDT July 15, 2010.
At launch, OnLive will host more than 20 titles, including Assassin’s Creed II, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Borderlands, Dragon Age: Origins, Just Cause 2, Mass Effect 2, NBA 2K10, Prince of Persia
and Splinter Cell Conviction
Upcoming games include Aliens vs. Predator, Alpha Protocol, Assasssin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Darksiders, Deus Ex 3, Driver San Francisco, Fear 3, Homefront, Kain & Lynch 2: Dog Days, Lego Harry Potter, Years 1-4, MLB 2K10, Red Faction: Armageddon
and Shaun White Skateboarding
. OnLive said over 25 publishing partners now support the service.
While the service launches this week, the company said that the MicroConsole adapter, which will allow users to use OnLive on television sets, is due to arrive at a later date.
In addition, the company said that it partnered with computer manufacturer Dell, which has helped OnLive for “several years” on custom servers for OnLive.
Gamasutra's full interview with OnLive founder Steve Perlman on the service's ramp-up and launch is now available